All over social media, I hear my people shouting in agitation “let’s pull down all South African companies in Nigeria and let them go back to their country”. And I ask, if that happens, is Nigeria going to walk away scar-free? What would be the fate of thousands of Nigerians that these companies like MTN, Multichoice, Shoprite and all the rest of them help put food on their tables by providing viable jobs and reasonable pay? Do we honestly think things are going to remain the same for them? I bet you, every one of us has a family member or close friend that is provided employment and means of livelihood by these companies. Have you not thought about that? Ah ha!
Again, I see the ugliness of the matter, call it poverty or Xenophobia rearing its head or is it just in my head?
What if as a nation, we start to demand that our government and the persons we have duly elected to carry out the task of leadership begin to do what they have been elected for? What if we make accountability the watchword for assessing governments? Do you think these issues will not be sorted out? MTN network has been adjudged by all to have one of the scrappiest networks ever but what are the checks and balances that protect subscribers? Multichoice has incessantly increased DSTV subscription: what legislation has been put in place to ensure that tariff reviews are done as at when due and not to extort the ordinary man on the street? Same for all other issues we all bicker about every now and then. Why does the ordinary man who has gotten used to using the DSTV to unwind after a hard day’s job have to suffer for it? Besides when are we going to encourage indigenous competitions such that we have options at every point, because trust me, we consume the load of crap doled out to us by MultiChoice because we have not got any credible option.
Again I say, the common front we all need to put up should be towards demanding accountability from the custodians of this thing we call our country and its systems, not shooting venom from the bug of the deadly disease of xenophobia.
Quit the poverty mindset, quit xenophobic mentality.
Refuse to have the wool pulled over your eyes.
It doesn’t matter anyone in authority who makes inciting statements, refuse to be incited, rather turn to him/her and demand accountability for the authority bestowed on them first, before raising an arm on the next fellow just as helpless as you are.